Effective hand washing time is at least between 15-20 seconds. You can sing or perform unique motions to make your handwashing sessions more fun, especially with kids. Follow the steps above to have your hands thoroughly washed. According to studies, the parts of the hands that are often left out are the back of the hands, nails, and wrists.
Why is washing your hands with soap more effective? In fact, the virus is covered with an outer layer made of fat components. So, the alkaline nature of soap is very powerful in destroying this virus. The fat component that protects the virus will break down when exposed to soap thus that’s the end of the virus.
Washing hands is also better than using sanitizers especially if your hands look dirty.
Scientists and health practitioners recommend the use of liquid or gel wash instead of foam and bar soaps. This is because liquid and gels need to be washed longer to get rid of than foam type. So, you will take a longer time when washing hands using them. Bar soaps can store bacteria if kept in an open and wet place. If you use a bar soap you are advised to rinse the surface of the soap before using it, especially if the soap looks slimy.
Washing your hands properly can prevent you from getting infected by harmful bacteria or viruses. You cannot control what you touch, and it is possible for you to touch a surface containing bacteria or viruses. You also cannot control someone is who touches the same surface which might be a carrier of the virus. But you can protect yourself and stop spreading it to other surfaces or to other people.